Interesting. How long as the iPhone 5S been on the market? 2 weeks?
Unsurprisingly, the finger print scanner has already been “hacked” — meaning that if someone can take a photo of your fingerprint, for example from your beer glass, they can photo manipulate it and cover it in latex or just plain glue to make a working pattern that will sign them into your phone.
This is no big deal – most and perhaps all consumer grade finger print scanners are vulnerable to this kind of thing. It’s just evidence that:
- A finger print scanner is all about convenience, not about security
- If you want security, combine multiple authentication factors.
I wonder if that basic advice shows up anywhere on Apple’s marketing material or user guides? Probably not.